Translation arrangements for future EU Patents

Under today's proposal for a Council Regulation, processing costs for an EU Patent covering 27 Member States would be less than € 6200, of which only 10% would be due to translations.

Centexbel in the Ghent City Theatre

From cradle to cradle: exhibition on sustainable materials

affiche_0.jpgOn the occasion of the "Informal Environment Council on Sustainable Materials Management", a very interesting exhibtion on sustainable materials took place in the Ghent city theatre, NTG, from 10 to 13 July, 2010.

Farewell to Christian Bernardin

Christian-Bernardin_CB_0.jpgAll is well...
Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped away into the next room,
I am I, and you are you,
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still,
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the same easy way which you always did,
Put no difference into your tone;
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.

Simplified Revision and Publication of the IPC

The revision will enter into force from the 1st january 2011 onwards. The crucial points are listed below; the details are published on WIPO website

Business booms for Canadian knitter after BP oil spill

4 June 2010, Exeter, Ontario – Canadian warp and circular knitter Syfilco Ltd has reported its business is booming following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Syfilco, a family business founded in the 1970s manufactures knitted polyester fabric sleeves and polyethylene netting sleeves that are filled with absorbent materials to create booms used to contain the spill in the Gulf.

Centexbel recognized by Certifer

In 2009, Centexbel has participated in the round robin burning behaviour tests organised by Certifer (French railways), and more in particular on the ISO standards (cone calorimeter, smoke box and radiant panel). Because Centexbel is accredited for these methods and because we obtained an excellent result in this round robin, Certifer recognizes us as a competent laboratory. We will participate in the round robin test of this year.

CE-marking for wall and ceiling coverings

The CE marking of wall and ceiling coverings is part of the EU construction products directive 89/106/EC of 21.12.1988. The EU legislation considers wall and ceiling coverings as building materials (just like floor coverings). Thererfore they are part of the EU directive and thus of the application field of CE-marking.

Does OHIM refund budget surplus?

The costs related to the Registration of European Marks might be partially refunded.

The OHIM (Office for harmonization in the Internal Market) has made a proposition regarding the accumulated surplus of approximately 300 million Euros.

Term of validity of PPE CE type examinations

Until today we assumed that a CE-type examination was valid for as long as the PPE itself or the legal basis (the European Directive 89/686) remain unchanged.

Especially in view of the revision of the European standards, it has become much more complex to extend or to make additions to existing type examinations without questioning the original certificate (sometimes more than 10 years old).

Community Ecolabel for textile floor coverings

The European Commission has established the ecological criteria for the award of the Community Ecolabel for textile floor coverings (2009/967/CE).
Download the Commission decision of 30 November 2009 (published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 17/12/2009).